Life Through a Royal Lens

A brand new exhibition exploring the Royal Family through photography

A brand new exhibition exploring the Royal Family through photography

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Opening 2021


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Opening in 2021, Life Through a Royal Lens brings some of the most iconic photographs ever taken of the Royal Family to Kensington Palace.

For almost 200 years the medium of photography has created an unprecedented intimacy between Sovereign and subjects. The new display explores the British Royal Family’s enduring relationship with the camera; from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s patronage of photography during its infancy to lesser known intimate family portraits, spanning from the 19th century right up until the present day.

 

Royal life behind the scenes

Experience the impact of photographer Cecil Beaton – one of the great shapers of royal image in the twentieth century - and his work in redefining modern royal portraiture.

View stunning images of Her Majesty the Queen and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, among Beaton’s most faithful sitters, to discover how his work influenced public perceptions of the royals.

Take home your own sovereign souvenir

Channel your inner-royal and pose for your own photo against an iconic Beaton-style backdrop.

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An exclusive look through the lens

Going on display at Kensington Palace for the first time will also be a selection of images taken by Royal Family members themselves, including the work of celebrated photographer and former resident of the Palace, Lord Snowdon, husband of Princess Margaret.

All images: © Cecil Beaton / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Full-length, standing, facing the viewer, head turned half to the right, wearing a white dress with a diaphanous blue wrap, holding a posie of flowers in her right hand; beside a path in a parkland setting, with Kensington Palace in the distance, on the right.
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Discover the story of Princess Victoria, the young girl destined to be queen, in the rooms where she was born and raised at Kensington Palace.

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Wander through the lavish rooms of the King's State Apartments, each one grander than the last, at Kensington Palace.

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A large four poster bed covered in detailed period fabric, in a bedroom covered in dark green wall decor
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Explore the beautiful private rooms at Kensington Palace where Mary II once took her meals, relaxed and entertained.

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